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Hi I'm Amanda

I live in the Western US. I teach piano lessons and I love reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 26 years old. I studied Music in college, and now I teach piano lessons for a living, along with the occasional performing gig. I love listening to music, playing the piano, reading, couponing, blogging, and Zumba. When I have time (which isn't often; I think I have too many hobbies!) I also like writing music and hoop knitting (aka "fake" knitting--I haven't learned how to knit with needles). I'm married, but we don't have any children yet.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and I always believed it was true, but there comes a point when everyone has to come to know for themselves. I led a pretty sheltered childhood, but when I moved away to college at 18, that changed really quick. I lived on campus and had been assigned several roommates who had very different lifestyles than I did. There were issues with drugs and alcohol, and often the kind of company they kept left me feeling threatened in my own apartment. There was a sort of suffocating darkness that I felt when I was around that influence--but when I went to church, prayed, studied my scriptures, or listened to spiritual music, the darkness lifted and I felt a calm peace in my heart. I knew that the church was true, and that if I continued doing the things I was doing, I would be happier and have a more fulfilling life. There were still hard days, but when I prayed I felt the power of the atonement rest upon me. I know that Jesus Christ lived and died for us, and that he suffered for our sins, and also for our pains and afflictions so that when we have hard times he knows exactly what to do to comfort us, because he's been there. He loves us, and wants us to be happy.

How I live my faith

I get to work with the primary (the children's organization) in my ward. I play the piano for their "singing time". I also accompany our church choir, and I'm learning to play the organ so I can accompany the congregation during Sacrament Meeting. Everyone in our ward lives in the same apartment complex, so we have all become quite close. We have a book club and an exercise group, and there is also a play group (but I don't have children yet, so I don't participate in that one.) One thing I really like doing is volunteering as an indexer on www.familysearchindexing.org. I go through photographs of old census records and type the names and dates, so that other people can find their ancestors online.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Amanda
It's not because we're less important. The church teaches that women are very important, and should be treated as daughters of God. We recognize the divine calling of motherhood. A mother holds very high regard in the eyes of God. He loves His children and wants to bring them home to Him, so he gives them mothers to teach them right from wrong. Motherhood is a tremendous privilege and responsibility. Women also have leadership positions within the church organization as well. There are organizations for the children, teenage girls, and women, and each of these are led by women. We participate in various humanitarian organizations, and other projects as well. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Amanda
Yes. We believe that husbands and wives who are married in the temple and live faithful lives are sealed (married) for time AND all eternity, not just until death. We also believe that this sealing applies to the family as well. When you are sealed to your spouse, your children are yours forever. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Amanda
It's basically a health standard that we are required to live by. It means we don't drink alcohol, tea, or coffee. We also don't smoke or chew tobacco, and we don't take illegal drugs or abuse prescription drugs. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Amanda
No, we aren't all required to serve missions. Most young men go on missions when they're 19, but it's not something they're forced to do. Young women have the option to go when they turn 21. Older couples (or widows/widowers) can also go on missions if they choose to. It's all about choice. No one forces us. We do it because the gospel makes us happy, and we want everyone else to feel that happiness too. Show more Show less